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Pregame notes: Pedroia still waiting

8/25/2010

BOSTON -- It’s a wet and quiet day at Fenway Park, but it appears both games will be played as the rain is tapering.

“Everything says this is supposed to clear out and I don’t think they anticipate any problems,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “I hope they’re right. Now, they said that yesterday, too.”

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett is still on tap to start the matinee, while Jon Lester gets the ball in the nightcap against the Seattle Mariners.

* Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is still waiting to get the results of his second opinion. Scans of his fractured left foot have been sent to Drs. Jonathan Deland and Robert Anderson, but the Red Sox have not heard back.

“I’m sure at some point we’re going to talk to Anderson,” Francona said. “Deland is in Austria, so I can’t guarantee when he’s going to see that disk.”

Meanwhile, Pedroia is getting anxious.

“He’s a little bit sore,” Francona said. “There’s no reason to push it right now, because he’s on the disabled list. We would like, for his peace of mind, for everybody’s peace of mind, to get more information. Then we’ll move forward.”

Pedroia talked recently with NBA legend Michael Jordan, who suffered a similar injury during his playing days. Pedroia said the conversation was productive and brief. Francona managed Jordan during his brief minor league baseball career.

“[Pedroia] had an interest in talking to him, and I don’t bug Michael very much, but I thought because it was Pedey, he’d probably get a kick out of it, which I think he did. It was a good conversation.”

* Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima continues his minor league rehab and will pitch for the PawSox tonight in Buffalo. The lefty, who is on the DL with a right hamstring strain, will return to Boston on Thursday to be reexamined before the Sox travel to Tampa.